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I'm just super pumped that Nate will hold them accountable after last night.
“Just because you're offended, doesn't mean you're right.” ― Ricky Gervais.
Don't make me read this all...
Can we fire him?
What will it cost us?
Do we keep paying him for a couple years, or have a huge severance?
Are there available replacements?
Assuming pleasant answers to these questions I'd be all over a new head on the bench.
He isn't very good.
Remember when Larry Brown would call a timeout? Instead of a twenty-four second violation, we'd see some creative piece of execution leading to an easy score...
"That was awesome"
Is there ANY way we could just bring Frank back?
I doubt if a coach has ever been fired between playoff games, but I'm seriously waiting for that announcement today.
It'll never happen. And I have serious doubts that we'll replace him after the series. But right now, the glimmer of hope that I have to cling to today, is that it's so incredibly obvious, so painfully necessary, undeniably unavoidable, that he will be let go in the post-game press conference following Sunday's loss.
If you don't immediately make aggressive changes, PG is 100% gone, IF he isn't already. Big IF. That was the first thing on my mind as last night's game slipped away. If I were him, I'd be done. I'd ask to rest Game 4, and demand a trade on Monday. I'd be completely done with this circus. It'll take the DPE contract, a new coach, and literally any player PG thinks we should chase to keep him.
It's a new day for Pacers Basketball.
The Magic are getting a new general manager, so maybe he doesn't want to be tied to Frank? I can't see Bird swallowing his pride and letting him admit that Nate was a mistake over him though.
Interesting Pop held his starters accountable by benching them all right after half-time
No. That Toronto team was a lot better than people in this forum give it credit for. And do you know why people in this forum don't give credit to that team? It's because most of them don't want to admit that we overachieved by pushing them to 7 that year. I'll repeat it again. We had no business pushing that Toronto team to 7 games last year but we did because Frank and the team overachieved.
Again, let me remind you what that the 15-16 Raptors actually did. They went 56-26 in the regular season and pushed the eventual champs to 6 games. The 13-14 Pacers also went 56-26 in the regular season and pushed the Heat to 6 games. The only difference between the two is that the 13-14 Heat got trounced in 5 games by the Spurs while the 15-16 Cavs beat the Warriors in 7. Were the 15-16 Raptors better than the 13-14 Pacers? I don't know. Comparing teams from two different seasons is tricky. But I know one thing for sure. They were much, much better than people on this forum give them credit for. They were legitimate contenders just like our three ECF teams.
When Nate was brought on, I am sure they considered him like a cheap standby coach to get us through a mini rebuild. After that, a new coach would lead the team to the promise land.
Instead, the combination of Bird's acquisitions and Nate's inability to coach himself out of a paper bag, may well leave the Pacers without their franchise player.
I think this could be the cost of bringing on a standby coach. I hope it's not. But I'm certain another coach could have done more with this group. Not saying Bird isn't the root of the problem.
I would love to be wrong, but I expect Nate to be here for two more seasons. The only thing that changes that is a Paul George ultimatum.
He's the NBA version of Jim Caldwell. It's strange because his coaching and playing styles are radically different.
Can we trade Paul George for Brad Stevens?
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I think Vogel was a great coach while he was with us, and I think he is a hell of a lot better than McMedium, but let's not get it twisted. The reason we pushed Toronto to 7 games last year and the reason we are competing with the Cavs this year is because of ONE person.
Paul George. Period.
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